Duplication of the Augusta Highway – Corridor of shame
The CCF SA has long been an advocate for the duplication of the Augusta Highway.
Forming part of National Highway A1, this road extends between Port Wakefield and Port Augusta. Alarmingly, this section of highway has seen 33 motor vehicle crashes resulting in 61 serious casualties including 15 fatalities during the last three year period. This is a pattern likely to continue while the highway remains a two way road with close to several thousand vehicles including oversize vehicles and road trains using the highway each day.
While driver behaviour including fatigue, inattention and speeding is a factor in crash statistics there is absolutely no doubt that road design has a profound influence on the number and severity of motor vehicle crashes.
An Augusta Highway, with two lanes moving traffic in each direction, will mirror the highway built some years ago between Gepps Cross and Port Wakefield. The finished product will be a modern, safe, efficient, four lane highway from Adelaide to Port Augusta, and the gateway to the remainder of Australia. An improved Augusta Highway, as described, would see an increase in tourist numbers, the relocation of more people and business to regional centres along the road corridor, and improve the lot of people living in regional areas by giving them a higher level of social connectivity, a safer road, and a road that allowed them to move in a more timely manner from town to town or to and from the City.
Road infrastructure is the life line of our economy. Bad roads contribute to a bad economy. Good, well-constructed and maintained roads on the other hand are an essential driver of social and economic progress.